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The luxury brand Infiniti was introduced by NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
6957 photos
12 videos
in the U.S. market in 1989. The goal was to win the luxury car segment in the United States that was not covered by Nissan's more mainstream image. The brand was created at about the same time as ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
4570 photos
10 videos
created the two premium brands LexusLexusLexusJapan, 1989 > present26 models
1484 photos
6 videos
and AcuraAcuraAcuraJapan, 1986 > present24 models
490 photos
4 videos
. Infiniti began to export to the United States exclusively by imposition of the Japanese government so that it became more profitable to export cars more expensive to the United States of America.

The brand launch was made with the Q45Q45Infiniti Q45Japan, 1989 > 20063 series
6 versions
8 photos
, a second generation model based on the JDM Nissan PresidentPresidentNissan PresidentJapan, 1965 > 20023 series
17 versions
32 photos
. The aim was that the Q45 directly competed with the Mercedes S-ClassS-ClassMercedes-Benz S-ClassGermany, 1972 > present6 series
293 versions
353 photos
1 video
, BMW 7 Series7 SeriesBMW 7 SeriesGermany, 1977 > 20096 series
129 versions
217 photos
3 videos
, Jaguar XJXJJaguar XJUnited Kingdom, 1968 > present4 series
116 versions
141 photos
2 videos
, Fleetwood CadillacCadillac FleetwoodUnited States of America, 1968 > 19965 series
12 versions
and Lexus LSLSLexus LSJapan, 1989 > present4 series
46 versions
96 photos

The second model of the brand was introduced in 1990. The Infiniti M30 was a two-door model based on the Nissan LeopardLeopardNissan LeopardJapan, 1980 > 19994 series
30 versions
38 photos
and was produced for three years as an alternative to the Lexus SCSCLexus SCJapan, 1991 > 20002 series
5 versions
10 photos

In 1991, Infiniti released the G20, the third model of the brand. This time the new model was based on the Nissan PrimeraPrimeraNissan PrimeraJapan, 1990 > 20023 series
36 versions
29 photos
. In 1993 it was the time of submission of the J30Infiniti J30Japan, 1992 > present, a four-door coupe based on the third generation of JDM Nissan Leopard.

In the mid 90's Infiniti remained behind the Lexus and Acura in sales, with sales of Q45 and G20 reborn failing on the boost sales objective.

In 1997, Infiniti released the QX4, a modified version of Nissan PathfinderPathfinderNissan PathfinderJapan, 1986 > present4 series
41 versions
83 photos
received premium-quality interior. With this model, the Infiniti has become one of the first brands to offer a midsize SUV luxury, preceding the launch of the Lexus RXRXLexus RXJapan, 1998 > present4 series
38 versions
105 photos
, Acura MDXMDXAcura MDXJapan, 2001 > present3 series
8 versions
38 photos
and the Mercedes-Benz ML320M-ClassMercedes-Benz M-ClassGermany, 1997 > present3 series
52 versions
111 photos
2 videos

The Infiniti FX

The Infiniti FX

© photo courtesy of: Infiniti

Years 2000

In the new century Japanese firms began to feel the effects of Japanese asset prices and Infiniti, with its low attractiveness seemed headed for foreclosure. The brand re-dedicate itself to developing a range of sporty, dynamic and powerful cars.

The effort to follow in the footsteps of BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
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43 videos
started with the redesigned 2002 model Q45, but it was the G35 that the improvements came to the sales of Infiniti in 2003. The G35 was voted Motor Trend Car of the Year in that year.

Immediately after the launch of the G35 came FXFXInfiniti FXJapan, 2002 > present2 series
30 versions
64 photos
crossover momentum that followed the success of sport coupe. This model was produced using the same components of the G35 and was designed according to the tastes of American consumers.

In 2004, Infiniti added a four-wheel drive version of the sports sedan G35 in order to compete with models from AudiAudiAudiGermany, 1909 > present83 models
8213 photos
27 videos
and BMW. To compete with the Toyota Land CruiserLand CruiserToyota Land CruiserJapan, 1951 > present10 series
51 versions
157 photos
/Lexus LX470LXLexus LXJapan, 1996 > present3 series
2 versions
9 photos
Infiniti launched the QX56QX Gen.2Infiniti QX Gen.2Japan, 2004 > present1 Version
4 photos
in 2004.

In 2007, Infiniti unveiled a redesigned version of the G35 sedan, a presentation that would be followed in 2008 by the release of the model GGInfiniti GJapan, 1991 > 20074 series
41 versions
63 photos
coupe, the G37. That same year, the luxury brand of Nissan introduced the EX35EXInfiniti EXJapan, 2007 > present13 versions
36 photos
compact crossover.

In 2008 Nissan Motors President and CEO, Carlos Ghosn signaled the arrival of Infiniti to Europe at the Geneva Motor Show. The brand now offers four models in the old continent: the FX37 and FX50, G37, the G37 coupe and the EX37.

Years 2010

August 2010 marked the launch of the performance car division of Infiniti: Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL.

The following year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Infiniti decided to return to front-wheel drive with the launch of the Infiniti JXJXInfiniti JXJapan, 2011 > present3 versions
16 photos
1 video

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